Thread: CATCHAT FOR TOLKIEN NERDS
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The curtains theory has some merit I suppose . But I wonder if it has anything to do with any vestigial remnants of masculine supremacy that they may have had. I have always considered Tolkien and Lewis as far more forward thinking than many other Men (Conservative and Otherwise) of their era on that subject. Yet, perhaps the Medieval attitudes towards cats as being familiars to Witches (remnants of the Old Religion) rubbed off on them.
The way cats were treated in middle-ages was really quite shocking. There was a Scottish island, can't actually remember which one (I really should look these things up!) that once a year got as many cats as they could lay hands on and slowly roasted them to death on a fire, in the belief that as they were servants of evil the appalling wailing they made as they suffered and died would drive serve as a warning and frighten away other evil spirits. The very thought horrifies me, and I spent a lot of time on a farm as a child hand rearing lambs then loading them onto the slaughter van, so I'm not a leaf eating type, but to think people did that sort of thing makes the blood run cold. Humans- who'd be one!
I'm waiting right now for my kitty to come and try sitting on my keyboard as I post . That should cheer me up.
Don't get me wrong, I love the little critters, but c'mon. You can only clean up so much cat puke before you start having second thoughts about how low maintenance they are.
...as to this 'fancying' business... I never knew I was being so esoteric! I must watch what I say in future!
As to dog owners, befuddlement is the price of being in a pack and having to watch over your shoulder all the time in case your dog wants to be Top Dog one day. It distracts the mind (as does waiting for it to poop so you can collect it in a little bag -strange folk dog-owners). There is no such pretence with we cat owners, for cats assume [i:3fq72r84]they[/i:3fq72r84] are in charge from day one. (And have the dignity to bury their excrement in someone else's flower bed).
Mr Tyrant, you do make cats sound self-centred. Dogs are not like that, they believe in a system of government (like democracy) where the fittest is Leader (unlike democracy). When have you ever heard of a Mill, or a Locke, or a Abraham Lincoln amongst cats? Cats are Anarchists - well, Anacats! Dogs might be dogmatic, but their dogmas are all about the team!
Also, there are 'hounds in Tolkien's works, good folk generally (leaving out the Wargs, of course. Hey! Everyone has black sheep in the family - err... black [i:1fms97pn]dog[/i:1fms97pn]) And so as this is CATCHCHAT FOR TOLKIEN NERDS, I think we should take a leaf out of T's book and use this thread to deride all curtain-ripping-other-people's-gardens-pooing-back-fence-screeching-miawowers! Don't you?
I wouldn't encourage such behaviour! They don't seem to grasp the concept of shutting a door once they've opened it and its impossible to confine them to any one location- they can let themselves out- without resorting to barricades!
What WAS it with Tolkien and Lewis's portrayal of cats ? The only cats that ever featured in their stories were always either evil or untrustworthy .
wasn't aslan in cronicles of narnia a sort of cat, lion anyway, sort of feline, he was good, wasn't he
[i:2abgjroq]i just can't reveal my secret,
My friends would think me odd,
If ever they were to find out,
That my Pussy is a Dog...![/i:2abgjroq]
Unbelievable!!! This must be GB's house... but everything's fading... oh my Grandmother's Bloomers! Was I dreaming...? Or have I the [i:2abgjroq]SIGHT[/i:2abgjroq]??? ... Oh my Grandfather's Longjohns! What a vulgar place this is.... It's almost like I've been transported in a dream into one of those vulgar threads I've heard tell of...
...Oh wake up! Wake up...! Oh my - what a horribly unrespectable dream....!